AAE Distance Graduate Education

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics, through Purdue Online Learning, is offering graduate level courses in aerospace engineering so that students can earn non-thesis MS degrees in Aeronautics and Astronautics entirely via distance learning courses.

To pursue a non-thesis MSAA degree, students need to apply for admission to the School of Aeronautics and Astronautics and be accepted following the same criteria as on-campus students. The School's programs lead to the degree of Master of Science in Aeronautics and Astronautics (MSAA).

Once accepted to the MS program in AAE, the student will need to work with an AAE faculty member as the graduate committee advisor, and ask at least two additional engineering faculty members to serve on the graduate committee. This committee, and particularly the advisor, can help with course selection for the student's plan of study.

To earn a non-thesis MS AAE degree, the student must take 10 courses (for a total of 30 credit hours). The student can select a major area of study in AAE (at least 4 courses), as well as a minor area (at least 2 courses) and a minor area in Mathematics or Statistics (at least 2 courses), as well as two technical elective courses (Engineering, Science, or MATH/SAT). The MS minor area is very flexible and can be in any broad area of Engineering and Sciences. More details can be found in the Rules and Regulations.

Purdue Online Learning administers distance learning courses for Purdue Engineering. The Purdue Online Learning site will be able to answer questions about class registration, tuition and fees, course content delivery and other support functions for our distance learning courses.

In addition to the non-thesis MSAA degree, it is possible to pursue advanced studies relevant to aerospace engineering and earn an Interdisciplinary Master of Science in Engineering or a Master of Science degree from Purdue with a concentration in Aeronautics and Astronautics (see the Master of Science in Engineering Plan of Study for more details). You can also take graduate classes in a non-degree status to improve your knowledge in an area of interest; courses taken under non-degree status can be transferred to your degree if the grades are B or higher.

The School of Aeronautics and Astronautics is also offering several non-credit short courses that allow students to increase their knowledge in specialized topics or gain an overview of new areas in aerospace engineering. These short courses are administered by Purdue Online Learning, which maintains a list of all Professional Development Short Courses.

The School is excited about this opportunity to reach students through distance education. With our history of quality education, we are confident that our school's participation with Purdue Online Learning will be a benefit to all participants.

Tentative course schedules, listing all Purdue courses offered by Purdue Online Learning (including AAE courses), are available HERE.